Over the past 5 years I've seen how many parents were taking care of their offsprings. Some were very protective, while others were very proud to show their young to the outside world.
Here are some family members from the Fauna world of Kabalebo:
Red-rumped Agouti: in general Red-rumped Agouti's are already small in size. It was adorable to see a 'mini' Agouti following into its mothers' footsteps.
Giant otter: during a boat trip I noticed that this mom was *suckling her young next to the Kabalebo river. What happened next is that the other members of the family were starting to distract us while she went hiding in the dense bushes with her cub.
*suckling: feeding a young animal from the breast or teat.
Common Squirrel Monkeys: during a lunch break of the whole group, this young was still clinging onto its mothers' back.
Three-striped Poison Frog: I found this proud father in a puddle ready to let go of his children.
Brown capuchin Monkey: even while she was eating Maripa nuts, her offspring never let go.
Red-footed Tortoise: actually these two are not related to each other. I only put them together to show the difference in size.
Red Howler Monkey: the little monkey only left his mothers' back when she was eating (up side down of course)
Lowland tapir: this little one (!!) was following in his mothers' footsteps…. literally. He still walks the same route he did when he was still in 'stripes'.
Black Curassow: I spotted this little one taking a morning stroll with his proud parent. He still needed some work with his hairdo.
Capybara's: the newest members of this Capybara clan were taught at early age to take care of themselves (for starters …. eating independently)
Black-throated Mango: only a few days old and this hatchling already knows that it is feeding time. Look how patient and careful the mother is while feeding.
and finally …. the proudest parent of Kabalebo: Lotje, the ocelot.
Since discovering the feeder she never left the scene. Now she isn't worried anymore about starving when she is unsuccessful during hunting time.
She raised two offsprings all by herself: Katja (the eldest) and Spotje (the youngest)
Her first born is now all grown up and is already independent. Her second born is now being taught the finest art about surviving the wildlife in the jungle.
Here is Lotje with her second born, Spotje. She is a great and wonderful mother. She makes sure that her kitten doesn't grow up into a spoiled adult ocelot. So I'm not worried.
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